Who can vote in Oregon?

You can register and vote in Oregon if you can answer “yes” to the following questions:


All about Registering People to Vote in Oregon


Who can vote in Oregon?

You can register and vote in Oregon if you can answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • Are you a resident of Oregon?
  • Are you a US citizen?
  • Are you at least 18 years old or will be 18 by Election Day?

You need to re-register to vote when you:

  • Change your home address – when you move
  • Change your mailing address
  • Change your name
  • Change your signature
  • Want to change or select a political party
  • Sometimes you need to re-register when you haven’t voted in several elections. This also means that if you were registered before you went to prison but did not vote for several years, you should re-register because they probably dropped you from the voter rolls

What you need to register:

  • A valid Oregon Drivers License or State ID.
  • If a person does not have a drivers license or state ID, the last four digits of her/his Social Security number.
  •  If a person does not have an Oregon Drivers License, state ID, or Social Security number, see steps and ID list on voter registration card.

More about getting your friends and family registered:

  • Have the person completely fill out and sign the voter registration card.
  • Fold the card and write the address of the county elections office on the front. Make sure to use the address for the county elections office in the county where the person registering lives. A list of all elections offices is on the card.
  • Remind your friend that he or she needs to mail that card in right away. Put a stamp on it. If the card does not make it to the county elections office, a person will not be registered to vote. We are not collecting the cards. It is the responsibility of the person registering to send the card in.

Dos and Don’ts in voter registration:

  • Do encourage your friends and family to register to vote and give them voter registration cards.
  • Don’t offer anyone anything of value to get them to register. It’s against the law to give something of value away to get someone to register to vote or to vote, or to vote in a certain way.
  • Don’t fill in information left out by the person who registers to vote. For example, if a person forgets to mark the part of the card that indicates a political party, the person registering must fill out that information. It is against the law to alter or add information to a voter registration card.

About Political Parties:

  • We are non-partisan – We do not and will not tell people to register for a specific party.
  • If someone asks you if you belong to a party or what party you belong to, save that conversation for a different time when they aren’t filling out a voter registration form.
  • For independents – For people who do not want to affiliate with any political party, they should choose the circle for “Not a member of a party.” There is an actual political party called “Independent Party” which is not the same thing as being unaffiliated with a party and may be confusing for some people.
  • You can change your mind – If a person wants to select a political party or change parties in the future, he or she should fill out a new voter registration card.
  • Voting in the Primary Election – In Oregon, only registered members of a party receive ballots with primary candidates on them. If you are not a member of a party and want to vote in the next primary election, you need to register or re-register and choose a party.

Frequently asked questions and answers:

Can people with felony convictions vote?

YES, in Oregon, people with past felony convictions can register and vote. People on parole, probation and post prison supervision can register and vote. Only people in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections cannot vote.

Can people who are homeless vote?

YES, people who are homeless can vote. People who do not have a home should use the address where they spend the greatest amount of their time as their Oregon residence address. For example, “at the corner of Burnside and 2nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon” is acceptable. If the person has a place where he or she picks up mail, that should be the mailing address. If a person does not have a place to pick up mail, he or she can use the county clerk’s office as the mailing address. He or she will have to go there to pick up a ballot there when the ballots go out.

Can college students vote?

YES, college students who will be 18 on elections day can register and vote. Students should think carefully about where they want their residence to be. For example, if a student is from Bend but is going to school in Corvallis, he or she should decide if the address in Bend is his or her residence. If a person wants to vote for local elections in the Bend area, that should be the residence address, and the Corvallis address should be the mailing address. The same thing applies if a person is going to school out-of-state and wants to be an Oregon voter. If someone from Lakeview is going to the University of Washington, she should use Lakeview as her residence address and her Washington address as her mailing address.

Where you can get a voter registration forms and other voting information?

You can find the voting in Oregon guide at http://www.uhavavote.org/votingguide/index.html. The guide also explains how to register to vote in Oregon, how the vote-by-mail system works, and answers frequently asked questions about voting in Oregon.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s Elections Division is also a useful source voter registration cards and other information. http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/other.info/vr.htm, (503) 986-1518.

Registering to vote is pretty easy. Make sure you’re registered and use this information to help others you know get registered.